Last weekend we drove out to Lenhartsville, PA to the Blue Rocks family campground. It’s about an hour and a half drive outside of Philadelphia and right off the Pulpit Rock and Pinnacle Loop trail, one of my favorite hikes in Pennsylvania. The campground itself is really large with everything from tent campers to RVs to cabins that can be rented. There’s a small camp store, bathrooms with hot showers (not that I took one the whole weekend), an arcade, playground and pool for the warmer seasons. You pay per tent and the cost was $32/per tent per night. It’s definitely on the higher end of what we’ve paid in the past to camp but it was clean and well kept. Checkout is also at 2pm which is great to have that time to relax by the fire for a little longer before packing up our tents and feeling like we had to rush out of there.
We were at site 87, one of the more secluded sites which was great but really far from any water sources or bathrooms. If you plan to visit the campground, make sure to look at the map carefully. The other sites that were closer to the amenities were much closer together and didn’t offer nearly as much privacy as our site. I would also suggest studying the map pretty carefully if you plan to arrive at night like we did. The sites aren’t marked very well and it can be confusing in full daylight.
The overall site was huge and although there was limited flat land to put tents on we were able to fit four tents on the space available very comfortably. There were two picnic tables which was nice, even if the one was missing half a bench 🙂 We couldn’t have lucked out more with the weather this particular weekend. It was perfect fall weather, sunny, dry and crisp. The temperatures dipped into the low 50s at night which was the perfect temp to sit around the fire. The leaves changing all around us also made for the perfect autumn scene. It was so beautiful and so different then the endless green you see camping on the east coast in the summer.
On Saturday, the majority of the group did the Pulpit Rock trail. I unfortunately had to sit that one out because of old man Johnny. It was just too far a distance and way too rocky for his stubby little legs. I love bringing dogs camping with us but it’s definitely limiting when you want to do certain things. We had talked about checking out Crystal Cave which was really close by but weren’t able to with the two dogs we had with us. Anyone have any tips or tricks for tent camping with dogs?
One of the best parts about the campground is the crazy boulder field. I’ve never seen anything like it. A friend of ours did a time-lapse video of it at night and when reviewing the footage saw a bobcat in a few of the frames! We also saw this little snake guy in the path headed back from the field to our site during the day.
This was a great camp trip and I look forward to returning to Blue Rocks for another campout soon!